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Mission Revolution: The U.S. Military and Stability Operations (Columbia Studies in Terrorism and Irregular Warfare) Hardcover – September 18, 2012


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Taw's tightly argued analysis should be of interest to all readers...highly recommended.

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Taw has an extremely interesting perspective. She makes a vital contribution to the field of security studies by tracking the drivers of an increasingly destabilized world and the responses to them by the U.S. military.

(Paul D. Hughes, colonel, U.S Army (retired) and chief of staff, U.S. Institute of Peace)

From CORDS in Vietnam to CERP in Iraq, Taw adeptly illustrates through strategy, policy, and doctrine why stability operations are a key function for the U.S. military. Her conclusions are profound both for the military and foreign policy writ large.

(Derek Reveron, Naval War College, author of Exporting Security: International Engagement, Security Cooperation, and the Changing Face of the U.S. Military)

Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding not just how stability operations became a central mission of the U.S. military in recent years, but the serious potential consequences of this development. Jennifer Morrison Taw persuasively shows that it came about through a combination of historical circumstance, a changing strategic environment, domestic organizational politics, and, most worryingly, the creeping 'securitization' of instability. This is an excellent contribution to a critical debate about American foreign policy in the twenty-first century, and it concludes with an urgent and thoughtful warning American strategists and policy makers would be wise to heed.

(Celeste Ward Gventer, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for stability operations capabilities)

Taw's groundbreaking survey on the 'securitization of instability' and the 'militarization of foreign policy' could not have come at a more important time in U.S. history. The national security community is emerging from the wrenching Iraq-Afghanistan epoch. It needs clear-eyed analysis like Taw's to rationally reorder national priorities and rebalance the instruments of national power. The challenge for U.S. leaders going forward is to secure and institutionalize the past decade's most important innovations in the areas of stability operations and irregular war fighting as a strategic hedge against future challenges while reinvigorating the latent power of routine diplomacy and development. Taw captures this challenge perfectly.

(Nathan Freier, senior fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies)
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